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Hot off the bubble – Operation Brock for KENT roads to the ports

IOC beat Parliament Super Saturday Oct 19th to bring the Express Brexit Bubble to the Institute of Couriers website a week ahead. A dedicated top-line bubble for Brexit that’s already had a refresh and all the news you need for Express courier, final mile last mile Brexit.

Britain’s anticipated withdrawal from the EU on 31 October means that businesses across the UK need to prepare. Throughout the rest of this month, IOC will be bringing you all the expertise and information resources you need, as we help express final mile get Brexit Ready. Focusing on issues including driving licences, employment and immigration and getting ready for any changes in the tax and customs landscape. Hot off the Brexit Bubble news is Operation Brock.




Operation Brock to keep the M20 open in both directions.

DfT Minister Chris Heaton-Harris says do not use sat nav.

Kent roads ready for Brexit as hauliers gear up for 31 October


DfT Minister Chris Heaton-Harris, announced this week,

The final preparations to keep Britain moving after Brexit are taking place as traffic management preparations in Kent are stepped up. We want residents in Kent and express couriers travelling from across the EU to be reassured that there are robust plans in place to deal with any disruption in the event of a no-deal Brexit.


Operation Brock will go live on 28 October to manage any traffic disruption and help keep trade moving in and out of the UK. The government has worked closely with the Kent Resilience Forum to implement the scheme, which will manage any delays to Europe-bound freight while protecting local roads from disruption.

It will keep the M20 open in both directions for all other traffic, minimising any impacts on local residents, businesses and public services. This comes as the Department for Transport launches a targeted information campaign to ensure hauliers know what to expect if they are travelling to the Port of Dover or Eurotunnel in a no-deal Brexit scenario.

Express couriers driving during Operation Brock and heading to Europe via the Port of Dover or Eurotunnel will need to be on the Operation Brock routes and follow all diversions, instructions and speed restrictions rather than relying on satellite navigation systems. Final works in the coming weeks will ensure that the holding areas are ready to be activated on October 28 as Operation Brock goes live. This means that from 26-27 October there will be overnight closures on the M20 between junctions 7 and 9, so that final preparations can be carried out safely. Once Operation Brock goes live on Monday 28 October, lorries heading for mainland Europe will need to use the coast bound carriageway of the M20 between junctions 8 and 9, with a 30mph speed limit in place.

All other traffic will run on the London-bound carriageway between these junctions, with two lanes in each direction operating at 50mph. In addition, Highways England is fast-tracking work to ensure that key slip roads at a new junction being created on the M20 near Ashford will be open to traffic by the 31 October.

Last modified on Monday, 21 October 2019 10:47